BCPS continues Mind Over Matters campaign, focused on mental health and wellness
BALTIMORE COUNTY— Baltimore County Public Schools has announced its second yearlong Mind Over Matters Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness about mental health and promoting student and staff wellness.
“This campaign is perhaps even more important this year,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams.
“Students and staff are being challenged to work and learn amid additional stressors, beginning with the global pandemic but including an economic downturn and racial reckoning. We want to provide information and supports to help the BCPS community through this especially difficult period.”
The campaign will feature various themes throughout the year, and schools and teachers will offer related activities:
September – November: “Kindness Matters”
(focused on being kind to yourself and others)
Sept. 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day
Oct. – Bullying Prevention Month Oct. 31 – Out of the Darkness Walk December – February: “You Matter” This month will have an emphasis on sharing coping skills as well as information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and engaging in healthy relationships.
March – May: “Mental Health Matters”
May 2-8: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
May 28-31: Virtual Mental Health Mile
June: “Pride Matters”
This month is designed to support LGBTQ+ staff and students and to encourage self-pride and an appreciation for a diverse community.
Staff and students are encouraged to use #BCPSCares and post pictures on social media of themselves engaging in Mind Over Matters activities.
Battle Acre re-dedication ceremony, Sept. 12, 1988, where the main firefight occurred in 1814 at Charlesmont. Then Maryland Governor and retired Army National Guard Colonel William Donald Schaefer addressed the crowd after listening to musical selections from the Dundalk High School Musical Band, including the National Anthem. Behind the governor were seated left to right Baltimore County Director of Recreation & Parks and former Dundalk State Del. Robert R. Staab, State Adjutant General of the MD National Guard Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, and at rear in civilian suit is Chaplain Col. Donald Turley, with flags behind them. (Photo by Blaine Taylor, Towson, MD.)